You've found the perfect residence in Milwaukee County. It has everything you want. The inspection went well. Financing is lining up. Is anything missing?
Yes, potentially ... and ignoring it could have wet (and pricey) consequences.
How well was the chimney examined? Unless they undertook a detailed rooftop evaluation, a home inspector can easily overlook the warning signs of a leaky chimney: missing or misplaced flashing, broken down mortar, porous brick, a cracked crown or a missing cap. If they didn't clamber on the roof for an up-close look, chances are they missed possible problem areas.
Similarly, as good as he or she might be, a home inspector can't really see inside your chimney. Shining a flashlight from below won't spot cracked flue tiles, for example, or openings between tiles. Building codes for Milwaukee County mandate that these issues be addressed – and the longer they wait, the more expensive the fix.
As a new homebuyer in Milwaukee County, you last noises you want to detect in your new chimney are "drip, drip, drip." So, here's an answer.
For just $299, Quality Fireplace will undertake a complete inspection of the chimney's exterior, and a 360-degree scan of its interior. The scan uses specialized video tools to identify any possible problems. The price includes a sweep to clean creosote buildup and remove debris blockages.
Why is this a good idea? A proactive chimney scan equips you with information to make a sound purchase decision. Ideally, no problems are discovered. You can proceed with confidence.
If problems are identified, perhaps you hold the seller to fix them. Maybe you negotiate repair costs into the sale price. The important thing is, you know.
If a scan finds cracks or gaps, moisture might be seeping from the chimney's interior into the exterior structure. Masonry can break down, spurred by the merciless freeze-thaw cycles in Milwaukee County.
A repair doesn't have to cost thousands of dollars. A chimney liner can be installed starting at $700, depending on the number of appliances venting into it. The key is to stop breakdown of the chimney structure before it fails.
Some surprises in life are welcome. Others – such as dripping in the chimney of your new home – are decidedly not.
Call Quality Fireplace, 262-786-4411, to ensure that your new Milwaukee County home's chimney is prepared for years of service, not nights of keeping you awake. Consider it an investment in keeping your Milwaukee County dream home as perfect as it seems.
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